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History of the Garden

When the Arizona Canal was completed in 1885, thousands of acres in the Northwest Valley became available for homesteading and agricultural production. Since then the trend toward more urban development has changed how we use water and increased the demand for water. Today, 50 to 70 percent of the water delivered to urban homes is used outdoors in the landscape. This gives home gardeners and landscape professionals a unique opportunity to help preserve our water resources. More than twenty five years ago, the City of Glendale began promoting the use of Xeriscape or water efficient landscaping.

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Arizona Canal, source: SRP Research Archives

The Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, at the Glendale Main Library, is a living example of the diversity and abundant amount of low-water use plants available for use in planning a lush and inviting garden. Please take this opportunity to learn more about low-water-use plants and how you can do your part to conserve water.

Click here to read more about the garden.

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